Easy meatballs and tomato sauce

One of the most popular recipes on my old blog, Fish Fingers for Tea, was this recipe for easy meatballs and tomato sauce.

And it’s not without reason.

Though it’s not the fastest recipe out there, the end result is beautifully tender meatballs with a tasty sauce.

Easy meatballs and tomato sauce

You can pile these on top of a bowlful of pasta, or our favourite is to cram them into sub rolls with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan. Perfect Saturday night fodder.

You’re looking at around an hour from start to finish with this, so it doesn’t fall into the ‘on the table in 30 minutes’ midweek category but for a Friday or Saturday night it’s a good balance of ease and ‘proper’ cooking.

The tomato sauce is a really simple one. Start with a base of onions and garlic, then add a tin of tomatoes and some water. Season with salt and pepper and a teaspoon of sugar to lift any acidity then leave it to reduce while you make the meatballs.  A squeeze of lemon juice later on brightens things up.

Use mince with 20% fat, it helps to give you a tender result. Bread soaked in a little milk will bind things together and don’t over handle them when you’re mixing in fried onions and garlic, nor when you’re shaping them. Continue reading “Easy meatballs and tomato sauce”